Opening Act: Inouye

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Dec. 18 2012 8:09 AM

Opening Act: Inouye

Ed O'Keefe takes you inside the Senate as its members learned of Daniel Inouye's death.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

By 5:44 p.m., Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) walked out of the Senate Cloak Room and approached Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
“Inouye just passed away,” Landrieu said.
“Oh my God,” Klobuchar said, putting her hand to her heart.
Landrieu turned next to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.): “Inouye has passed away.”
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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.